The 3rd Japan - ASEAN medical seminar on the human health impact of heavy metals will be held on October 31, 2020 at Zoom Video Webinar.
Co-creation of Sustainable Regional Innovation for Reducing Risk of High-impact Environmental Pollution
Mercury (Hg) is a toxic metal that seriously threatens the embryonic and early-childhood development of humans, and is extremely toxic to the human body. Mercury pollution is one of the most serious environmental issues and requires global action for its resolution. Recent investigation by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has highlighted the enormity of Hg pollution in developing countries and the associated harmful effects on human health and ecosystems. One of the main causes of Hg pollution is ASGM, in which Hg is used as the traditional method of amalgamation to extract gold from the ore rock.
Under the supervision of Professor Masayuki Sakakibara, a group of scientists, researchers, and specialists from different disciplines in this SRIREP project have been conducting transdisciplinary approach research and practice of various studies in collaboration with different stakeholders to co-create the sustainable regional innovation for reducing the risk of high-impact environmental pollution and poverty problem as well as the wellbeing of the ASGM communities in Indonesia and Myanmar.
Why Mercury Pollution from ASGM?
Why we consider it as a serious problem?
Over 100 million people worldwide indirectly get the effects of Mercury pollution generated by ASGM activities.
Who We Are
A group of scientists, researchers, and specialists from different disciplines have been conducting transdisciplinary approach research and practice of various studies in collaboration with different stakeholders to co-create the sustainable regional innovation for reducing the risk of high-impact environmental pollution and poverty problem as well as the wellbeing of the ASGM communities in Indonesia and Myanmar.
Where Do We Study
We are conducting the project’s case studies on the reduction of Hg pollution using a future scenario of ASGM areas in the following areas in Indonesia for the past years and recently initiating the same studies in Myanmar in collaboration with various key stakeholders.
What Research Achievement We Have
The outcomes of various research studies related to environmental impact assessments, socioeconomic, cultures, history, and regional sociology, etc resulted as publications, presentations, lectures, etc. in International and local journals, seminars, conference for the past years.
Our News & Events
Our project-related news and events such as seminars, conferences, workshops, meetings, etc.
Professor Masayuki Sakakibara, the project leader of SRIREP project, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature met with Dr. Thaung Han, Group CEO of Max Myanmar Group ...
TRPNEP2019 Nay Pyi Taw Seminar or the 2nd ASEAN - Japan Meeting Point of Collaboration by Stakeholders and Researchers for Reducing Environmental Problems in ASEAN Countries was held at Hilton Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 11 December 2019.
Mr. Zaw Zaw, Chairperson of Max Myanmar Group received Jun Miyauchi, Director of Japan Association for United Nation Environmental Programme (J-UNEP) and Professor Masayuki Sakakibara, Project Leader of SRIREP project, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)
1st ASEAN - Japan Meeting Point of Collaboration by Stakeholders and Researchers for Reducing Environmental Problems in ASEAN Countries ...
The 1st ASEAN - Japan Meeting Point of Collaboration by Stakeholders and Researchers for Reducing Environmental Problems in ASEAN Countries which aims to create cooperation between stakeholders and researchers of Japan and ASEAN countries
Project Research Activities
Our project-related field research and study activities, such as field research, action, and practical research, etc.
In February 2020, SRIREP Project conducted the first preliminary clinical survey of the ASGM community of Myanmar in collaboration with Environmental Conservation Department (ECD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (Myanmar) in order to evaluate the health condition of the community especially the Hg intoxication.
Mining workers need alternative job opportunities to quite out from the economic trap of the ASGM sector while simultaneously reduce the negative effects of mercury pollution. The stakeholder assessment indicated that the Bombana Health Department, the Bombana Environment Agency, and local leaders were stakeholders who would support the mercury emission reduction program.
Although some contamination originated from natural geological sources, anthropogenic activities such as mining industries are also the main contributors to environmental damage and toxic metal pollution. The food chain, especially livestock tend to bioaccumulate mercury (Hg) in their bodies.
One of our studies includes atmospheric Hg contamination which is focusing on the level of atmospheric Hg contamination the air, water, soil, and living organisms, including trees in an artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) area.
Mercury (Hg) contamination in soil and forage plants is toxic to ecosystems and artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is the main source of such pollution in the Bombana area of Indonesia. Hg contamination in soil and forage plants was investigated by particle-induced X-ray emission analysis of samples collected from three savannah areas
The evaluation of mercury impact on humans is necessary especially for the communities living in or near ASGM areas. The early diagnosis of mercury toxicity is one of the most important monitoring parameters to prevent the effects of mercury-intoxication